Style Challenge: Summer Motifs for a Week

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Summer is associated with so many fun things: sunshine, vacation, watermelon, baseball, ice cream, picnics, the list goes on! I wish I could spend every day of summer outside doing fun, classic activities, but unfortunately that’s challenging once you’re in college.

So, in the spirit of summer fun, I decided to create some classic summer outfit ideas.

I started by writing down a list of everything I love about summer. Next, I tried to decide what drew me to that particular thing/event/activity and how I could incorporate it into a look.

The best thing about this fashion challenge is how personal it is – we each have different ideas of what makes the perfect summer and that’s OK. See my summer outfit ideas below for inspiration!

Monday: Baseball Game Outfit

Products: Top – Forever 21, Shorts – American Eagle, Shoes – Converse, Necklace – American Eagle, Hat – American Eagle

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I get so excited to go to baseball games! Wondering what to wear to a baseball game? Here you go:

The laid-back, sporty feel of baseball is easy to incorporate into an outfit – start with a classic baseball tee with some distressed denim shorts, add sneakers, a trendy choker, and an embroidered baseball cap and you’re done!

Tuesday: Sunflower Scarf Outfit

Products: Top – J.Crew Factory, Shorts – American Eagle, Shoes – Red Dress Boutique, Neck wrap – Show Me Your Mumu, Bag – Target

There’s a huge field of sunflowers near where I live and lots of people go there during the summertime to spend an afternoon or have a photoshoot. So I had to do an outfit inspired by sunflowers.

I found this gorgeous top in “sunflower yellow” and paired it with a neck wrap/head band in a sunflower print. To finish the look, I added denim shorts, white slip-on sneakers, and a red initial tote.

Wednesday: Fourth of July Outfit

Products: Top – J.Crew Factory, Shorts – Target, Shoes – Target, Necklace – Charming Charlie, Earrings – Red Dress Boutique

There’s nothing more quintessentially summer than the Fourth of July! We’ve already covered some cute July Fourth fashion picks, but here’s an outfit idea for July 4:

Here’s an idea for what to wear for a Fourth of July barbecue and watching the fireworks. I found these gorgeous patterned shorts and paired them with a navy tee. For accessories, I added brown sandals, a cute necklace set, and some red statement earrings.

Related reading: 21 Festive Fourth of July Nail Designs

Thursday: Summer Vacation Outfit

Products: Top – J.Crew Factory, Skirt – J.Crew Factory, Shoes – J.Crew Factory, Watch – Charming Charlie, Necklace – Charming Charlie

Since school’s out during the summer, it’s a great time to travel and go on vacation! My family doesn’t usually go anywhere during the summer, but I love to dream about flying off to Hawaii or Europe.

To channel some summer vacation fashion, I found this incredible Hawaiian print skirt and paired it with a white ruffle top. I added some classic flats and a nautical necklace. As the finishing touch, I found this map watch to really inspire the wanderlust.

Friday: Beach Outfit

Products: Top – J.Crew Factory, Dress – Monday Dress, Shoes – DSW, Bag – Free People, Sunglasses – Target

Similar to the last outfit, traveling to the beach always comes to mind when I think of summer!

Wondering what to wear to the beach? Here’s a beach outfit idea. First, knot a sea creature tea over a blue and white striped dress. Next, add a straw purse, some blue platform sandals, and classic aviators.

Saturday: Gingham Top Outfit

Products: Top – Francesca’s, Shorts – J.Crew Factory, Shoes – Altar’d State, Sunglasses – Target, Bag – Charming Charlie

Before my sister learned the name for gingham, she called it “the tablecloth pattern” and I still associate it with picnics to this day! Gingham is a classic summer pattern that never goes out of style.

For a gingham outfit, I paired this on-trend gingham cold-shoulder top with some white scalloped shorts. For shoes, I added classic sandals, some cute sunglasses, and a big bag for all your picnic essentials!

Sunday: Watermelon Dress Outfit

Products: Dress – J.Crew Factory, Cardigan – Target, Shoes – Red Dress Boutique, Sunglasses – Target, Necklaces – Monday Dress

Maybe it’s because I’m from the south, but no summer is complete without eating lots of watermelon!

I found this precious watermelon-printed dress and paired it with bold red wedges for an adorable summer look. I added a necklace set and sunglasses for accessories, and a red cardigan in case it gets chilly after the sun sets.

What do you think?

What’s your favorite thing about summer? Which outfit is your favorite? Do you have your own idea for a style challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

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